Head of Technical
at J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong

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Description

Reporting to the Director of Digital with a dotted reporting line to the CEO of J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong. You will lead, manage, and oversee our technical development team, You will have a leadership role in our operations team whilst playing the muse to bridge creativity and technology, thereby playing a critical part in our continued growth and success.  Our ideal candidate will have a strong track record of building and leading technical development teams in agency with sounds and solid hands-on experience plus team management skills.

You will lead a young and talented team for the following:

Digital Marketing Communication Solution Delivery and Development

  • Oversee and manage programming production process, including managing other technical partners, identify/review vendors and potential partners. Performs code reviews and mentors junior developers.
  • Work closely with Account servicing & project team to assign work to staff members to maximize quality and efficiency by leveraging diverse skill sets of the department.
  • Work on budgets/costs, schedules and set goals/milestones for deliverables, monitor and manage progress, overcome obstacles, and lead team in delivering project on time and on budget.
  • Deliver quality work in accordance with industry standards under tight timeline and multitasking environment
  • Draft and implement test plan for various scale of projects.
  • Liaise directly with select clients for fulfillment of select projects.

Technical Expertise at the heart of the creative process

  • Actively explore latest technical best practice, trends and technology for digital marketing communication on web, mobile and beyond (e.g. touch technology, interactive TV)
  • Work closely with creative and translate the technical skill which sets inspirational ideas during brainstorming process
  • Base on your programming skills and trends knowledge, you should lead the team to develop coding designs and prototypes into cross-browser and cross-platform HTML5/CSS/JS with the emphasis on new technologies and progressive enhancement.
  • Confident in all the ins and outs of getting designs to work in a wide range of browsers from PC to mobile
  • A team player and love to collaborate, technical will be at the heart of the creative process in JWT, a good appreciation of usability and interaction design will be required.

Team Management

  • Hold regular status meetings with development team.
  • Facilitate effective team interaction.
  • Conduct performance review to your staffs
  • Effectively utilize each team member to his/her fullest potential.
  • Keep track of lessons learned and shares those lessons with team members.

About you

  • At least 7 years hands-on programming experience in pure play digital agency or 4As, which 2 years are at team leadership position.
  • Front end skills


    • Knowledgable in various programming languages ( e.g. HTML5 , CSS3 , PHP , ASP , AS3, JQuery) , understands the benefits of the various programming languages.
    • Confident developing within the Facebook page tab environment, developing applications and integrating with the Facebook graph API.
    • Have expert experience with accessibility, cross browser requirements, and progressive enhancement;
    • Understands techniques to improve search engine optimization
    • Experience working with digital video as source material
    • Intuitive about UX, with an eye for design.
    • Experienced in responsive web design, working mobile first, as well as modular design and code patterns
    • Understands web accessibility standards and their implementation methods
    • Possesses significant knowledge of bandwidth measuring/estimation techniques
  • Backend skills


    • Understands complex database concepts and effectively employs different database design techniques.
    • Proficient with PHP, MySQL and basic server-side technology.
    • Possesses significant knowledge of client/server and internet systems architectures.
  • Others


    • Have interest and/or knowledge in other emergent technologies.
    • Obsessive about detail
    • Able to function independently and still work well in a "team oriented" environment.
    • Self-motivated, and able to multi-task.
    • Able to take initiative to be productive and efficient, self-motivated and able to multi-task.
    • Able to be creative through the use of technology. Experience in implementation of Adobe, Salesforce and other 3rd party solutions is a huge plus.
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